Each year, travelers from around the world flock to India’s southwestern state of Goa. The region has earned itself a name as one of the top destinations in India, not just for the exquisite architecture or delicious coastal cuisine, but for its beautiful, white sand beaches. Rivaling those of Bali or Brazil, the world-renowned beaches of Goa are not to be missed. Below are a few of our favorites:
A bit more secluded than its neighbors, Patnem is the perfect spot for a quiet, relaxing day at the beach. Backed by shacks and huts, Patnem gives off a casual vibe and peaceful atmosphere. At night, visitors may listen to live music along the shore or head up the street to do some shopping.
Similar in its seclusion to Patnem, Majorda is wonderful location for a peaceful getaway. Visitors can relax beneath a beach umbrella with a good book, enjoy the local cuisine at one of the restaurants along the beach, or go for a swim in the sparkling waters. Be sure to stop by the bakery while you’re there – Majorda is well-known for its delicious breads and pastries.
Located within the Pernem region of northern Goa, Arambol Beach is largely considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the state of Goa. Over the years, Arambol has become well-known for its distinct bohemian feel, which attracts many visitors from around the world. When not lounging in the sun, beachgoers can join in on a seaside yoga session or try their hand at kite surfing.
Benaulim beach, having retained much of its original Portuguese influence, is primarily known for its role as a fishing community. However, the beach is every bit as beautiful and welcoming as its neighbors, and with fewer crowds. Visitors are free to relax, with restaurant waiters circling the beach to take orders. Dolphin watching excursions are also one of the top reasons for a visit, with many taking off throughout the day!
A beautiful and relatively quiet beach, Morjim attracts people from around the world to its shores. Although, the beach is primarily home to a whole other type of species: the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle. Embraced by the local community through conservation efforts, this endangered species nests on the shore of Morjim Beach. Many visitors come to the beach to see the turtles nesting habitats, and relax by the water.